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Shakespeare's Globe

The Knight of the Burning Pestle 

11 December 2014 - 11 January 2015 

Written by
Francis Beaumont

£10 standing
£25 - £45 seats
£60 premium tickets

Performances will include two short interludes and a main interval


Adele Thomas

Designed by
Hannah Clark

Composed by
Nigel Hess


Giles Cooper 

Paul Brendan

Phil Daniel

Jolyon Coy

Louise Ford

Samuel Hargreaves 

Dennis Herdman 

Pauline McLynn
Citizen's Wife 

Hannah McPake 
Mistress Merrythought 

Matthew Needham 

Dean Nolan 

Paul Rider 
Old Merrythought 

David Tarkenter 

Dickon Tyrrell

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Quiet please. The audience is waiting. They’ve come to see The London Merchant. It’s the new comedy of manners from Mr Beaumont. It should be hilarious. But hang on. What’s all the commotion? Who is this dim-wit? Rafe who? He can’t be in the play. He’s just a grocer’s apprentice. He wants to what? To play a knight? We don’t need a knight! A knight of the burning what…?

‘Begot and born in eight days’, Beaumont’s uproarious and experimental play was written to be performed at the Blackfriars playhouse by the Children of the Queen’s Revels. Combining salty colloquial prose with charming songs, The Knight of the Burning Pestle was one of the first madcap, mash-up, screwball comedies to hit the English stage and the first to run not one but two plays within-the-play simultaneously.

The perfect festive treat!  

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Reviews of the 2014 production

'Delightful... there are frolics aplenty'
Evening Standard

'Lively performances all round... a meta-theatrical romp. Boisterous performances from Phil Daniels and Pauline McLynn'
The Guardian

'The experience is an energising one'
The Telegraph

'Non-stop silliness'

'The anarchic action spills all over the intimate, candlelit playhouse'
The Independent

'There are fights and pratfalls that put the action literally into the audience's lap'
The Times

'A sardonic love-letter to London and its theatre'
The Spectator

'Phil Daniels and Pauline McLynn prove excellent as the trouble making Citizen and his spouse'

'Adele Thomas’s production is awash with funny moments'
Time Out

Related Events

Please note: tickets for all related events are sold separately to tickets for performances.

Setting the Scene

Pre-show introductions by Globe scholars, illustrated by Globe actors

Tuesday 16 December

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